Myaamiaataweenki ‘Miami Language’ Pronunciation Guide

There are twelve consonants in Myaamiaataweenki and eight vowels. Most of the consonants and vowels have sounds similar to those in English.  Preaspirated consonants do not exist in English. Typically these sound like a short puff of air, like an h sound, before the following consonant. In addition there are some unique sounds in Myaamiaataweenki that occur when specific consonants get grouped together in a word. Each of these sound types are broken down for you below in four tables. Each table has three columns: the symbol used to depict the sound on the left, an example Myaamia word with the symbol bolded and blue, and an example English word if available with the corresponding sound bolded and blue. Each Myaamia example word is also linked to the corresponding entry on the Myaamia Online Dictionary where you can hear the word spoken.

Vowels

SymbolMyaamia Example WordAs in English
aaya ‘hello’papaya
aaaapooši ‘again’pop
ekiinte ‘hold on’bet
eeneewe ‘thank you’lay
ihoci ‘hey’big
iikiinte ‘hold on’seen
ohoci ‘hey’no
oomoohci ‘no’moose

Consonants

SymbolMyaamia Example WordAs in English
paapooši ‘again’poodle
ttipeewe ‘good’tip
kkiinte ‘hold on’keep
choci ‘hey’church
ssiipiiwi ‘river’see
šaapooši ‘again’show
hhoci ‘hey!’hit
mmoohci ‘no’moon
nkiinte ‘hold on’next
lilweelo ‘say it!’leave
wneewe ‘thank you’wish
yaya ‘hello’yawn

Preaspirated Consonants

SymbolMyaamia example WordAs in English
hppaahpilo ‘play!’no comparison
hteehteeki ‘it is there’
hkteepahki ‘it’s good’
hsnimihsa ‘my older sister’
iii ‘my younger sibling!’
hcmoohci ‘no’

Consonant Clusters

SymbolMyaamia Example WordAs in English
nkiinka ‘mother’linger
ntkiinte ‘hold on’tinder
ncmiincipi ‘corn’conjure
nsweenswiaani ‘my name is’frenzy
piiwa ‘cat’ninja
mpampihsaalo ‘jump!’lumber
m[vowel]smasaana ‘thread’(-maz-)
n[vowel]slenaswa ‘buffalo’(-naz-)
m[vowel]šahsenaamiši ‘sugar maple’(-mizh-)
n[vowel]štaaniši ‘which, how’(-nizh-)

Updated: August 5, 2022